Modern Logistics: Flexibility
Was there ever a time when the world was static and made the same sense from day to day? Most likely not. As time goes on, it’s easy to think so because history scrubs everything down to hindsight and facts. In the present moment, there is no hindsight, and facts are often difficult to locate in the mass of information streaming in. Logistics companies are supposed to help you make sense of everything. They get your goods from one place to another as quickly and affordably as possible – but they are only as effective as the information they are using. The modern world is roiling right now – prices are up and down, economies fail and bloom, nations fall and borders shift. If looking towards the past – you need the ones that start every day with open eyes and a fresh perspective and use today’s information to make decisions, not yesterday’s. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of assuming what worked a few years or even a few weeks ago will still work today. For a logistics company, that kind of myopic point of view means their methods are less effective with every passing day. This also means you have to re-evaluate your current relationships every day as well. Just because a logistics partner served you well in the past doesn’t mean they will continue to do so.
There are three aspects of a comprehensive logistics solution that enhance supply chain management.
1.) Logistics Planning Services
This involves both logistics planning and inventory planning. Logistics planning entails entering account/client/order details into a computerized system and making it available to
The ability to safely and cost-effectively store clients’ merchandise is central to any full-service logistics company. As a warehousing client, you undoubtedly want your commodities to be stored in well-equipped storage facilities such as clean room services, dry space and temperature control. Comprehensive warehousing involves not just storage, but picking and packing services as well. These services are required before moving the products to the warehouse.
3.) Transportation and Delivery
When the time comes to move your products, speed and safety are prime concerns. As with storage, EDI inventory tracking should be used. Fast and reliable transportation is required to meet the clients’ challenging distribution demands.
As a full-service logistics company, Adams Warehouse & Delivery expertly manages all these aspects.
Logistics is basically a way to manage the flow of resources (usually scarce) from point of origin to point of use.
The importance of logistics was highlighted during the two World Wars. Back then, logistics mainly involved delivering men and materials on the battlefield.
Needless to say, the world of logistics has come a long way since then, evolving and expanding along the way. Today, the logistics industry is worth over $700 billion in the US alone. This mammoth industry is the second largest employer of college graduates in the country.
From relatively simple albeit tedious management of transporting troops and tanks to the frontline, logistics has evolved into a highly sophisticated branch of management primarily utilized by businesses across the country and beyond. Inventory management, warehousing, transportation, distribution; these are few of the many aspects of modern logistics. Good logistics is invariably defined as that which minimizes time and money involved while maximizing safety, security and proper care of the goods being handled. This requires a lot of qualities on the part of logistics companies, ranging from industry insight to expert management. Adams Warehouse & Delivery excels at all aspects of modern logistics, providing topnotch solutions to small, medium and large businesses.
One of the best ways to gain a competitive advantage is to outsource your warehousing and transportation to a third party logistics company (3PL).
Such a company provides numerous great benefits that help you grow your business and surpass that of your competitors.
A specialist logistics company will save you considerable time as it expertly handles all logistics of your shipments. This allows you to focus on other important areas of your business. In addition to time, you will also save money. A 3PL has the capability to minimize the level of infrastructure, manpower and other resources that are utilized. This capability results in huger savings than if you had tried to manage your own transportation and warehousing operations. Using a logistics company also lets you enjoy help you make the most of these inherent benefits of using a logistics company.
Logistics, like many other aspects of conducting a business, involves the electronic transfer of sensitive information.
While utilizing cyberspace for communicating important information is definitely beneficial for any supply-chain, it is also a potential problem. Where cyberspace simplifies and speeds up communication, it also makes the information communicated vulnerable to cybercrime.
Even brick-and-mortar businesses, such as those providing warehousing and logistics services, are exposed to this risk since they electronically store or communicate important information ranging from business addresses to credit card details.
Efficient warehousing and delivery services invariably involve dealing with multiple partners and third parties. This involves transfer of information, usually electronically. This is where cybersecurity becomes an issue. Some information is more sensitive than the other. Online predators are always looking for weaknesses in a company’s cybersecurity to steal, modify or otherwise misuse sensitive information.
In any case, a good logistics company such as Adams Warehouse & Delivery is well-aware of all potential data risks and takes all the necessary cybersecurity measures to protect the information it holds, processes or shares. From robust firewalls to sophisticated data encryption, we actively protect all data that comes through our systems. It’s one of the many things we do
to provide the best logistics solution in the country.
We know it’s difficult to find Logistics Companies that can get things right the first time but lets talk about Logistics Managers – What do they do?
There are a lot of people working hard for you at Adams Warehouse and Delivery. It’s a solid team effort that results in world-class logistics solutions. Numerous job descriptions are thrown in the mix to create the best warehousing and delivery services. One of the most important of these jobs is that of a logistics manager
A logistics manager has quite a few important responsibilities. It is the logistics manager’s duty to determine the fastest, safest and most cost-effective way to transport a company’s merchandise. This is done by carefully analyzing relevant data and identifying important logistics elements that can be changed to suit the clients’ needs. The manager also makes internal staff changes or customizes the supply chain process. The idea is to tailor the logistics solution to best suit the needs of the client. The manager also utilizes their legal knowledge to conform to the various applicable rules and regulations, especially in cross-country transportations. The responsibility of complying with health and safety standards is also on the logistics manager.
In our Warehouse, we just Purchased a 45,000 lbs. Lift.
When we say that we do the heavy lifting for our clients, we mean it. Clients trust us to handle and take care of their commodities in the best possible way and that’s what we do. Every Adams Warehouse & Delivery client is promised the best logistics solution and that’s exactly what every client gets. We do everything to make sure of this. Consider our latest equipment purchase, for instance. We recently acquired a 45,000 lbs.lift to enhance our heavy lift and product capabilities. Adams Warehouse & Delivery provides pick-and-pack services up to 40,000 lbs.storage and trucking across the US. The latest addition to our equipment arsenal is a perfect example of how we continue to improve our capabilities. Smart businesses, regardless of their size, realize the importance of a well-equipped logistics company, one which keeps in expanding its capacity and improving its quality of service. We have never had to turn down a client because of our inability to meet their needs and we plan on maintaining this invaluable dependability. We handle, store and transport a very wide variety of products ranging from perishable goods to technology items. All of these require first-rate equipment, which is important for clients’ peace of mind and offered through our services.
Though varying across industries; logistics cost contributes to a significant portion of business operations.
Logistics whether inbound/inward or outbound/outward ensure the proper functioning of a business. It is one way to measure how efficient a business is operating. Academic research confirms that outsourcing of logistics can serve as a means to achieving competitive advantage; especially in a world where competitors can quickly mimic manufacturing and technology practices. Third Party logistic (3PL) providers offer a wide array of services. It includes the likes of warehousing/storage facilities, retail distribution network, customer distribution network, importing and exporting etc. 3PL is not limited to provision of physical space and machinery but also software and soft skills. There are software houses offering custom-made logistic management software for companies opting for expert advice yet keeping the system control to themselves. 3PLs benefit the company with their extensive market knowledge and logistics experience. The synergy formed by adequate third-party logistics provider enhances business operations and improves a company’s customer service. While huge companies advocate full backward and forward integration of value chain as a key success factor, proper business synergies with 3PL can also contribute to success.
The importance of outsourcing often depends on company size.
For small and even mid-sized companies,it is essential to allocate resources properly as they usually face financial constraints and lack of a team of diverse experts. High initial investment, with high fixed cost component, is never a good start. If such companies decide to set up their own warehouse and take control of logistics, then it’s highly possible that they will run out of cash even before starting operations. Warehousing and inventory storage facilities are not one-time expenses; they keep on requiring cash injections for continuous operations. In addition, for optimal results they require expert management. Here comes in the benefit of contracting to a third party for logistics outsourcing: It cuts fixed costs of setting up own warehouse and cost of hiring logistics experts. However, like all business practices, this too has faced critique. Critics fear that a company may start over-relying on the third party. No doubt, outsourcing asks for letting go of some control but it is often a fair trade-off. The company outsourcing logistic activities may lose direct control over the logistics activities but it does gain cost advantage and business focus.
While a well-planned logistics outsourcing approach can yield cost advantage; the very same approach if ill-managed can cost the company a lot.
Logistics outsourcing is without doubt gaining significance in today’s business world. Companies aim to focus on their key activities; while letting others focus on the peripheral activities. However, poor managerial decisions while outsourcing can eat up all the possible benefits. Some of the mistakes made while selecting logistics and storage partner include:
- Obsession with cost-reduction: Cost matters a lot, but it is not the only thing. Compromising on quality for the sake of improved cost figures is a common anymore repeat mistake.
- Site-related problems: The logistics partner must be in the vicinity or somewhere easily accessible to the delivery points.
- Market research: Poor market research yields less than optimal results, because companies end up contracting with a partner other than the ‘best logistics partner’.
Moreover, it is advisable to start by giving out small contracts first while contracting with a new logistics partner. It allows time to evaluate performance before moving to bigger contracts.